Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship Series Organiser, TOCA, has unveiled its all-new state-of-the-art ‘TOCA Safety Team’ truck ahead of the 2018 season.
The brand new Ford F250, specially imported from the USA for sole use at TOCA events, is equipped with the very latest and best in rescue and cutting equipment.
The truck will be deployed to any incident where needed, across all BTCC sessions and those of its supporting series’, and is the only one of its type in Europe.
Following similar concepts to those used in IndyCar and NASCAR in the United States, the truck will be manned with a dedicated and fully trained TOCA safety crew and paramedic.
Martin Hunt is the permanent Safety Team Crew Chief of the vehicle, whilst TOCA Medical Director, Dr Paul Trafford, will oversee all operations.
In a ground-breaking deal with TOCA, Holmatro is supplying their latest state-of-the-art rescue set, including the Inclined Cutter, which is a unique design to Holmatro. The set will be continually updated as further new tool innovations and technologies are developed.
Holmatro is the world leader in producing advanced rescue equipment, including the hydraulic Cutters and other tools in widespread use across top-level motorsport including the INDYCAR Series in the United States.
Older cutting equipment fails to produce enough force to cut through modern cars, with race cars presenting yet further challenges. Carbon fibre shells, coupled with roll cages and other safety features, make cutting race cars more complex, which is why Holmatro’s all-new equipment set the standards across the industry.
MacTools and its sister company DeWalt, global leaders in their own fields, are also providing a full range of battery-powered equipment and other essential tools.
The vehicle has been specially wrapped in a striking red and black livery by BossDog of Redhill, Surrey.
The new ‘TOCA Safety Team’ truck has already undergone a number of tests and will make its operational debut during the BTCC’s official Season Launch event at Donington Park on 27 March. It will then become a permanent fixture in TOCA’s fleet from the opening round of the season at Brands Hatch on 7/8 April and at all official events thereafter.
TOCA would like to pass on its thanks to Holmatro (www.holmatro.com), Mac Tools (www.mactools.co.uk), RDT (www.rdtltd.com) and BossDog (www.bossdog.co.uk) for their support.
BTCC Series Director, Alan Gow, said: “I’m incredibly proud of the new ‘TOCA Safety Team’ truck. It represents an investment of nearly £200,000 by TOCA and its partners, underlining our real and ongoing commitment to the very highest level of safety, rescue and recovery.in UK motorsport.
“This state-of-the-art rescue vehicle carries the very latest in cutting and rescue equipment and, most importantly, will be manned by the same dedicated crew at all events. Our team have worked with the BTCC for many years and I consider them to be the ‘best of the best’.
“This introduction provides the BTCC and its supporting series’ with the very latest equipment and expertise available anywhere in the world for when dealing with serious incidents.”
TOCA Medical Director, Dr Paul Trafford, said: “TOCA has always supported the safety initiatives we have made over the years and the ‘TOCA Safety Team’ rescue truck is going to make a huge difference to our ability to respond to any serious incidents in the British Touring Car Championship and its support series’.
“It really is state-of-the-art equipment from Holmatro, MacTools and DeWalt. This will be complimented by the latest medical monitoring equipment supplied by Remote Diagnostic Technologies (RDT), operated by a dedicated crew, making the vehicle very special indeed.”